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Remembering Jim Henson

Discussion in 'Henson People' started by Phillip, May 16, 2013.

  1. Misskermie

    Misskermie Well-Known Member

    I remember watching my first Muppet movie, and having a lot of my favorite characters be voiced by Jim. I always admired him... Then I watched everything else Jim voiced, and I really admired him from that point. When I found out he passed years before I was even born, I was devestated...
    Jim did pass before I was born, but despite that, he has a special place in my heart, because I know he had a good heart, with wonderful intentions. He did what he wanted to do. He didn't give up... He created something I love, and hey, I really admire him for that.

    R.I.P. Jim. We love and miss you very much.
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  2. ProboSowa

    ProboSowa Well-Known Member

    It'll always be a shame knowing how soon he went, but it'll always be happy to remember the eternal positive impact he left on the world. Never gonna forget you, Jim.
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  3. Twisted Tails

    Twisted Tails Well-Known Member

    When I think about this day, I finally cried realizing that this was the day Jim Henson passed away, 23 years ago. I was born a year later after Jim was gone. We also have our birthday on the same month (which is September). I used to have a tape called, "Sesame Street: A Jim Henson Celebration." The songs I first heard were "Rubber Duckie", Bein' Green and "I Wonder 'Bout the World Above."

    Sadly, when I watched Kermit, Ernie, or even Guy Smiley. I had no idea who was down there and who was performing them.

    Fraggle Rock was what sort of got me into the spirit of his magic. I stilled questioned myself, "Who and what was Convincing John?" and "Who is this mysterious creature?"

    Christmas was my favorite holiday, because of Jim Henson and the Muppets.

    As years passed, I stopped watching Muppet movies and specials and moved on to other things.

    Finally, after I graduated from high school and started college, finally I realized who Jim Henson really was and I admired his effort and performances for his Muppet characters. He was laid-back like Rowlf, playful, shy, hard-working and found us the rainbow connection.

    So, he was Kermit the Frog, Cantus, Dr. Teeth, the Swedish Chef (der Jim is okeyyey) my mock Swedish is so rusty, and Convincing John. So, no matter what season, I listen to his music even the Rainbow Connection.

    R.I.P Jim!
    For the lovers, the dreamers, and you! :)
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  4. fuzzygobo

    fuzzygobo Well-Known Member

    I still remember feeling slighted because Sammy Davis, Jr. died the same day. A lot of news reports would have his cronies like Frank Sinatra and such sharing their memories, and Jim was lucky to get his life and legacy crammed into a 30-second soundbite. And the news reporter just shrugged, "Too bad."

    Too bad for them. They don't know what they missed.
  5. dwayne1115

    dwayne1115 Well-Known Member

    I have to say this, I've been very touched by all the younger people who have been influenced so greatly by Jim even after he had passed. I think that is a true testimony to his life and his work. For me you younger fans who became Muppet fans after Jim had gone are an inspiration to me,and it tells me that the Muppets still live strong even though Jim was sadly taken away from them.
  6. BuddyBoy600alt

    BuddyBoy600alt Well-Known Member

    I remember seeing this on coverage on Entertainment Tonight. I was shocked and sadden when Jim Henson died. :cry::(

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  7. WebMistressGina

    WebMistressGina Well-Known Member

    Gosh, 23 years...I was ten years old when I heard the news of Jim's passing and I can happily say that I grew up with the crazy cast of characters that he helped to invent and create.

    According to my mom, I started watching Sesame Street at the age of nine months and stopped once I reached junior high (though there was that one day in high school I watched while doing laundry...). I clearly remember happily sitting in theaters, watching Follow That Bird and how, when I showed it to my friend's three year old, I still managed to cry at Big Bird's 'blue bird' song.

    While I don't remember seeing TMM in theaters (though, again according to my mother, I've seen a ton of things when I was a baby), I have seen every Muppet movie except two in theaters, right as they came out. I'm actually surprised it took me so long to realize that the host of the Muppet Show was the same reporter on Sesame Street.

    Obviously, the Jim Henson creations have been a part of my life since before I realized they were apart of my life. I learned how to count, spell, and Spanish (among others) thanks to Sesame Street and I'm sure my love of music, showtunes, and theater also started in part with thanks to the Muppets.

    Jim was only the second celebrity that I ever cried about it (Lucille Ball was the second) upon learning about their death and if I remember right, I was still upset about it for the rest of the week. I guess in my ramblings, I don't know what to say. What do you say about someone who taught a generation and made them laugh at the same time?
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  8. JonnyBMuppetMan

    JonnyBMuppetMan Well-Known Member

    I didn't prepare a tribute drawing for today, but I still thought I'd talk about a facet of Jim Henson that at the moment I find most intriguing about him.

    As I was writing, a flood of Muppety memories that touch a rather sensitive nostalgic nerve came coming back (videos, audio tapes, etc.). Yesterday, for example, I was watching and re-watching "The Frog Prince," which has become my favorite of the Muppetland specials. I distinctly remember renting an 1980’s VHS copy and first watching it at my aunt’s house; that was about ten years ago. When I watch it now, I’m still enthralled with the characters and performances, but I’m also often analyzing how certain effects were achieved. (I’m still curious as to how exactly those Goshposh and Taminella walkabouts worked!)

    Jim, besides being a wonderful performer, was as much of a technical pioneer as he was a trendsetter for quality family entertainment. His early specials may seem low-tech compared to today’s standards, but as Frank Oz has stated similarly, current generations don‘t realize just how “new” Jim‘s way of puppetry was back in 1971. Plus, he always kept pushing the bar, finding new ways of bringing his puppets to life with practically every new project.

    What more can I say other than, Thank you Jim.
    You will always be in my thoughts. :jim:
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  9. LipsGF4Life

    LipsGF4Life Well-Known Member

    When I was in 7th grade, I cried for him. I did the exact same thing here today. I'm guessing that all of the Muppets, including the Electric Mayhem, miss him as much as I miss him. I made a box for my book report at school. He had a biography book. I made the box in delightful honor of the creator of the Muppets. Without Jim's work, the Muppets wouldn't even be here for us today.

    Dear god, god bless all of our puppeteers....thank you Jim Henson, thank you.....
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  10. MajicMuppets

    MajicMuppets New Member

    Thank you for reminding me of the magic Jim...:jim:
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  11. cjd874

    cjd874 Well-Known Member

    I was born after Jim's death, but I read a lot of biographies about him, and I got the sense that he was one of the most incredible human beings to walk the Earth. Thank you Jim Henson, for blessing the lives of millions of people with your characters and TV shows. They are still carrying on, entertaining people around the world. Kermit, Miss Piggy, Big Bird, Elmo, Gonzo, Animal, Fozzie, Grover, Cookie, The Swedish Chef, Bert and Ernie, Rowlf, Gobo, Mokey, Oscar, the Count, Wembley, Boober, Junior Gorg, the Doozers, the Trash Heap...the list goes on and on. Thanks, Jim. You still give us hope that someday we'll find it...the Rainbow Connection.
  12. Gauky1976

    Gauky1976 New Member

    Jim Henson was and will forever be one of my heroes. I remember being in shock and crying as the news of his passing filtered through to Australia. Jim, Kermit and the Muppet gang kept me company during the many hours that I spent in hospital as a child and the two Kermit dolls:):) I have sitting on the office shelf keep me company as an adult.

    I often wondered what I would have said to Mr. Henson if I ever met him and the only thing I could come up with is "thank you". So even though I never got to meet him, I would still like to say thank you for some of the most wonderful memories of my childhood. Thank you for Kermit and the gang. Thank you for the laughs and thank you for being you.
  13. InspiredByJim

    InspiredByJim New Member

    I met Jim Henson in 1985, a year after doing a tribute to The Dark Crystal for the 1984 World Science Fiction Convention in Anaheim California. I have recently done a web tribute for the 30th anniversary of the film and included details of the encounter with Jim Henson. The site address is: www.dark-crystal-tribute.com. Enjoy
  14. Gauky1976

    Gauky1976 New Member

    Wow!! What a great meeting and what great memories. Jim Henson is one of the world's true gentleman.:excited:
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  15. MrBloogarFoobly

    MrBloogarFoobly Well-Known Member

    Jim Henson? Who's that? :o
  16. DrDientes

    DrDientes Well-Known Member

    I was born four years after Jim's passing, but I miss him anyway. He made the world a better and more beatiful place. He was a great soul and a marvelous person.
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  17. mupcollector1

    mupcollector1 Well-Known Member

    That's a great story. I'm so happy for you that he got a chance to look at your fan art and reply to it like that. I remember reading that Jim liked when fans made art of his creations in a positive light. Thanks for sharing with us. :)
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  18. Walter

    Walter Well-Known Member

    I was also born after Jim's passing, but he has still made such an impact on my life, and truly changed it for the better... I really wish I could have met him.

    Rest In Peace, Mr. Henson.
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  19. Gauky1976

    Gauky1976 New Member

    :eek: My mother just asked me the same question even after buying me the first three seasons of the Muppet Show on DVD!! When I expressed my utter disbelief at this, she quickly said "Oh yeah...the Muppet Guy."
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  20. HeyButtahfly

    HeyButtahfly Well-Known Member

    I was almost 3 when Jim passed away. I don't have any memories from that day but what stands out to me is what my dad said a few years ago upon the 20th anniversary of Jim's passing...
    I was hospitalized at the end of that month (May 1990) and my dad said he remembers news magazines in the lobby of the hospital with cover stories about Jim's death and his legacy. This got me thinking about the deep impact that Jim and his work had, that his passing was making national headlines. It's fitting that my dad's memory would be rooted in something like that, because as kids we were raised with an appreciation for and love of the Muppets and it most definitely came from our parents. And I was far too young to have any idea of any of the impact of such a loss or that it had even happened in 1990, but I've been deeply affected and touched every year on this day since 2010.
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